If Democrats are going to be a national party again, they have to win in the west. After all, you've got your guns, so where are you going to hunt? Environmental populism has been winning political hearts and minds across the west for a while now. The republican party's ideology dictates that hearts and minds are reality based, and they don't do reality.
These California Republicans are in trouble. If you follow the links, you'll see why.
--CA-04: John DoolittlePombo is an environmental disaster, and a genuine asshole to boot.
--CA-11: Richard Pombo
--CA-50: Brian Bilbray
Colorodo is slowing growing bluer and bluer. It's easy to see why when you look at the talent the Republican party runs for office.
--CO-04: Marilyn MusgraveMissouri, Montana, New Mexico, and Nevada are in play because of the incompetence of these winners.
--CO-05: Doug Lamborn
--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell
--MO-Sen: Jim TalentAnd Washington State is always close, and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why.
--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
--NV-03: Jon Porter
--NM-01: Heather Wilson
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavickThese are all Republicans in trouble for one reason or another, and it's shocking that enough people would vote for these slime balls. Just read the stories. The vast array of sleeze is astounding. Well, not really. They are Republicans.
--WA-08: Dave Reichert